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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 1, 2006 11:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tales from the Crypt 6.7778/AOP.999qpre567 Great Crowd Reactions

I gotta tell ya...it's rare that ONE song makes up for a generally poor performance, but that Hampton '86 show absolutely qualifies.

Remember, it had been FOURTEEN YEARS since the last Box of Rain, and NO ONE expected this.

What I remember most was them finishing up a pretty tepid Althea (i'm pretty sure that was the tune) at the end of the first set, and Bobby (I think) says "Practice makes perfect", and I still am not sure if he was referring to the crappy Althea they'd just played, or what turned out to be the re-born Box they were ABOUT to play. Maybe someone else who was there can give their thoughts.

What I do know for sure was that the place went Ape-stinking, bat shit wild--yours truly included--and after it was over pay phones (remember them?) were jammed 5 rows deep with heads calling people, yelling BOX OF RAIN into the phone and hanging up.

The buzz all thru the 2nd set was still about the Box. Chills.

(I also had the pleasure of being at MSG in '83 when they pulled out the first Stephen in 5 years, but that's a tale for another time ;-)

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Poster: spiritwalker Date: Nov 3, 2006 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tales from the Crypt 6.7778/AOP.999qpre567 Great Crowd Reactions

I was at that show in Hampton '86.It was only my 3rd show,
so when they played Box Of Rain,I had know idea why every-
one was going bonkers!I was down on the floor (about half way back)and I couldn't hear most of the song because of
screaming and yelling.people were hugging each other and crying,it was crazy (and I didn't really know why!)I thought
BOY EVERYBODY REALLY LIKES THIS SONG!!
I still get chills when I listen to it now.

PEACE

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Nov 3, 2006 1:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tales from the Crypt 6.7778/AOP.999qpre567 Great Crowd Reactions

That's about where I was on the floor, too!

I agree for at least the whole first half of the song you could barely make out Phil's vocals....consider yourself lucky to have been there even if you weren't quite aware of the significance at the time!